Introducing Latin American Studies

As part of our mission to become ever more “global,” “Latin American Studies Dissertation Reviews” will bring you friendly, non-critical overviews of recently defended, unpublished dissertations in this very exciting and dynamic field. As usual, the series will also feature reviews and guides for archives, libraries and collections relevant to Latin American Studies. If you are interested in reviewing for the new series, having your dissertation reviewed, contributing a “Fresh from the Archives” or “Talking Shop” article, or helping out in some other way, please contact


Introducing Our New Field Editor

Jennifer Lambe is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Yale University, where she focuses on modern Caribbean and Latin American history. She received her A.B. in History and Gender Studies from Brown University. Her dissertation, “Baptism by Fire: The Making and Remaking of Madness in Cuba, 1899-1980,” examines the history of mental illness and mental healing in Cuba from the time of independence from Spain, with a focus on both institutional psychiatry and popular healing. She has published in Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe and Cuba: People, Culture, History (ed. Alan West-Durán, 2011).





Image: El Morro fortress in Havana. Wikimedia Commons.

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